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Skills minister unveils new skills training programme for the welding sector

12 October 2011

Skills minister, John Hayes and Stephen McPartland MP, joined North Hertfordshire College and specialist welding products supplier, Weldability Sif, last week to unveil a new skills training programme for the welding sector. The Weldability Sif Foundation Charity has been specifically formed and registered with the Charities Commission to encourage the development of new welder training facilities across the UK and will be working with many independent Skills Training provider.

Skills minister, John Hayes
Skills minister, John Hayes

Managing Director, Adrian Hawkins, says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be launching this new training program with the help of John Hayes and Stephen McPartland. With the government’s renewed focus on UK manufacturing, this program will foster practical, hands-on skills, which underpin the success of the sector and ensure access to future generations of skilled workers.”
Specialist industry awarding organisation, EAL, has developed five new foundation welder qualifications that will be integral to the new training programme. The new EAL qualifications have been designed to encourage students of all ages to embark upon and further their career in the welding industry, with Government funding available to assist unemployed learners wanting to return to work.

EAL managing director, Ann Watson, says: “When it comes to choosing a career, young people are increasingly worried about the road ahead. A skilled career in the manufacturing sector offers worthwhile and long-term opportunities, which is why I’m delighted that this new training program is being launched. It will provide learners with the necessary training to show employers that they’re committed and secure that all important job.”

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